RMMS Unveils New Donor Wall, Portable Stage

RMMS Unveils New Donor Wall, Portable Stage
RMMS Donor Wall

On Thursday, November 29, Regional Multicultural Magnet School (RMMS) pulled the curtain to unveil a Foundation Donor wall and a new portable stage. Both features were made possible through family fundraising and the support of the RMMS Foundation.

The Foundation organized the event, which drew more than 40 people including teachers, students, families, staff members, and others who have supported RMMS throughout its history as the oldest magnet elementary school in the country. RMMS Director Dr. Sue Iwanicki thanked all of the contributors for their support of the RMMS Mission, dedicated to multicultural education and the empowerment of children across racial and economic lines.

“Now, more than ever, the mission of our school is so important to our society-- to provide children the opportunity to quality education and to become agents of change in our world,” Dr. Iwanicki said.

Former RMMS Interim Director and 4/5 classroom teacher Sally Myers was one of the guests, highlighting successful fundraising efforts since the school’s inception. She joined Denice Feely from the RMMS Foundation’s Endowment Committee to unveil the new wall.

At the event, former RMMS students from Chrismae Gooden-White’s RMMS Class of 2018 cut the ribbon on a portable stage. The foldable, movable structure provides a new space for the school to present plays, concerts, and other performances.

Gooden-White’s students, who are now in 6th grade, raised the funds for the stage, leaving their legacy on RMMS. They contacted local businesses seeking to raise $500. In the end, the students more tripled that goal, collecting $1,700 toward the new stage. Many of those students returned for the ribbon-cutting. The remaining cost of the stage was funded by the RMMS Parent Caregiver Association (PCO) and the RMMS Foundation.

RMMS office manager and Foundation member Yelena Bergman was integral in bringing the ribbon-cutting and installation unveiling to fruition. “I am so thankful to everyone who attended and helped tonight,” Bergman said. “It is so wonderful to be able to thank all of the people that have contributed and to have the stage which can be used anywhere and for all RMMS programs.”

For information on how to contribute to RMMS Student Activities or the RMMS Foundation, please contact the school at (860) 437-7775.